Many of the names being touted as Louis van Gaal’s likely first Manchester United signing have been doing the rounds for some time, but not that of PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.
No less an authority than The Sun suggest that the man shortly to take the helm at Old Trafford could recruit a talent he first blooded for the Netherlands during qualification for the 2014 World Cup, while Depay was still a teenager.
At 20 years old, the son of a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mother earned the third-highest whoscored.com average performance rating of any Eredvisie player last term.
A return of 12 goals and nine assists in league action meant he contributed to more team goals than any of his PSV teammates this season.
Like Andros Townsend, Depay was clearly oblivious to the angry, shrill jibes of ball greediness from fellow footballers on the playgrounds of his youth.
Not only does he lead the division for successful dribbles with 3.2 per game, but his love of a dig will surely earn him numerous garden-centre opening PR opportunities should he swap the Philips Stadion for the Theatre of Dreams.
More than five efforts on goal per game were averaged across the duration of the Eredivise campaign, yet the youngblood still found the time to create more goal-scoring opportunities than all bar one other player in the division.
United are 7/1 fourth favourites to lift the Premier League next term, an endeavour in which they will be aided by a squad-preserving season off European competition.
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